I watched this last night and had to get the word out about it ASAP.
Directed by Max Winkler, “Jungleland” is the tale of two brothers who have been counting on each other since they were kids when their mom passed away and their dad didn’t want them. Stanley (Hunnam) is the older brother and Walter (aka Lion) (O’Connell) is the younger brother. Stanley is the trainer, motivator, and pretty much everything else, including hustler, to Lion’s hard-training street-boxer who dreams of opening a dry cleaning business one day. Stanley gets them in a jam with crime boss, Pepper (Majors) that they can get out of only by doing a “transport” of a young woman named Sky (Bardem) out to Reno from the east coast. Not only will that settle the debt, Pepper can get Lion on the ticket for the no-holds-barred boxing contest in California that has a $100,000 purse. That’s all I will say about the plot, and I hope it’s enough to pique your interest.
What meaty roles for the top 3 actors in it! Each one played their parts just right. The chemistry between these three is something to behold. I’ve seen Charlie Hunnam in a lot of different movies and he never disappoints. I’ve seen Jessica Barden in “The End of the F***ing World” TV series and a few other things and loved her. Looking at imdb just now to see what else I’d seen Jack O’Connell in, I was amazed to see he was in the TV series, “Godless” as the main character and I adored him in that. He looks so different in this one that I didn’t recognize him. If I hadn’t randomly looked for movies with Charlie Hunnam in them, I never would have come across, “Jungleland.” So glad I did! Watch this movie and be amazed at how good it is. The dialogue, the locations, the story, the villain (an *excellent* casting choice btw), and even Ash, the whippet, all work together with a near-perfect alchemy.